Arranger Keyboards – An Entire Musical Band at Your Fingertips
Not too long ago, Arranger Keyboards were thought to be little more than for home entertainment, much like the chord organs back in the day. This is no longer the Cyberpunk Keyboard case. Arrangers have evolved into a necessary tool for the professional performing musician. Arrangers are showing up in the studios where their tracks are directly recorded from the arranger and put onto a CD for release. (This is quite frequent in Latin music). Of course, that makes sense, since the styles and performances are created and performed by world-class musicians.
For composers who have to produce music quickly in a given style that they may not be familiar with, an arranger can be the difference between making the deadline or losing the gig. All you need to do is load in the style, enter your chord progression, maybe do a little editing, and there you have it, a convincing jazz trio played with great sounding instruments. In fact, quality acoustic instrument sounds is where the arranger shines because these ‘instruments’ are set up to respond as though they are being played live. In fact, Yamaha’s “Mega Voice” technology was created for that very purpose.
Whenever you hear people talking about electronic keyboards, home keyboards or personal keyboards, most of the time they are referring to arranger keyboards. Casio has pretty well cornered the market on entry-level keyboards, so it is not unusual that you will also find a lot of people referring to these keyboards as a Casios.
What makes Arranger Keyboards So Popular?
Arranger Keyboards carry hundreds of sounds and built-in rhythms. You have a wide array of instruments to choose from including: piano, flute, guitar, violin, drums, special effects and almost anything you can imagine. These keyboards also carry built-in accompaniments (or rhythms). These consist of combinations of backing instruments like drums, bass, piano, guitar, brass and strings. All you need to do is simply select an accompaniment and play a melody on top of it. This way you can play an entire song all by yourself.
One of the seducing features of an arranger keyboard are the various built-in musical styles that you can play out of the box. It also lets you create interesting arrangements by the use of buttons like Start, Stop, Intro, Ending and Fill-in. These buttons add variations to the built-in styles and make them sound more realistic. These accompaniments, or styles, fit musical genres such as Rock, Rhythm & Blues, Latin, Country, Jazz, Techno and more. This lets you focus more on your playing while enjoying a full musical performance.
The more advanced arranger keyboards come with hundreds of top quality sounds, styles, and effects. They also feature the display of lyrics and contain a huge song database. They even let you connect a microphone so that you can sing as you play while the vocal processing effects can be applied to the vocals to blend into whatever style it is you want to play. The top of the line arranger keyboards basically give a live performer all the necessary ammunition to dazzle their audience.